New Delhi: The last time the University of Delhi introduced the Four-Year Undergraduate Program (FYUP) in 2013, numerous protests swept through the university, undergraduate admissions were delayed, and rival groups clashed. faced off on campus in June 2014, resulting in injuries to students and teachers. Almost after a year of uncertainty over admissions under the new regime and unprecedented opposition from students and faculty, FYUP was abolished in 2014.
As the central university is ready to introduce the system from the next academic session, students in the 2013-14 class said on Wednesday that it was crucial to build on past experience before implementation. of the new system.
Former DU VC Dinesh Singh, who was at the helm when FYUP was last introduced, and a staunch supporter of the system, appreciated the decision on Wednesday. “A lot of hard work has gone into implementing FYUP during my tenure. Such ideas do not arise in a minute. They are based on many years of experience. I commend the university’s academic council for adopting the proposal, ”Singh said. He paid tribute to Dr K Kasturirangan, who heads the National Education Policy (NEP) drafting committee, for integrating FYUP into NEP.
Singh said FYUP paved the way for learning that was not limited to “grades”. “The number of startups, research papers and patents filed by undergraduates during this year was incredible. Our world ranking also improved after FYUP. We have organized many innovation programs which have given students a real learning and practicing experience, ”he said.
Asked about the dissent of at least 16 academic council members on FYUP’s death on Tuesday, Singh said that a difference of opinion does not necessarily mean the program or teachers opposed to the program are wrong. “It will always be difficult for everyone to reach a consensus,” he said.
A section of teachers in DU was however cautious in its reaction to the new system. They said it is crucial to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated.
Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) Treasurer Abha Dev Habib said that although the model has been adopted, teachers will continue to strive to ensure that a movement is built against the “dilution of the course. “. “The students rejected the idea of FYUP due to the dilution of the first two years of FYUP. We see that the new model once again packs the first two semesters with lukewarm courses. However, we will continue to strive and ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. We will do everything we can to change or oppose it within the system and beyond, ”Habib said.
Manoj Sinha, director of Aryabhatta College, said that unlike last time, FYUP was properly debated this time before being introduced. “It’s a plan for the whole country. There is a huge difference between FYUP from 2013 and the one launched now. At the moment, we cannot say whether this will fail or succeed based on past experience. The last time we had to plan and decide a lot of things. This time the planning was done by experts on a much larger scale, ”said Sinha.
He said that regarding its implementation, the issues can be discussed further. “We don’t have too many choices and although there are apprehensions about the implementation, these issues can be discussed and debated,” Sinha said.
Sunil Kumar, a member of the teachers’ group, the National Democratic Front of Teachers (NDTF), said it was crucial to remember that the old FYUP and the current curriculum are different from each other. Supporting the new regime, he said: “The DU Academic Council also understands that a false equivalence between the old FYUP and the current 3/4 year UG / Hons programs does not need to be established. The two are fundamentally different. The group said the three-year honors bachelor’s degree had been retained and that FYUP would allow students to directly join doctoral programs.
Mahamedha Nagar, who was enrolled in English (Hons) at Miranda House in the first group of FYUP students, recalled that her first year of graduation was a complicated affair. “Our classes will last until 5-6 p.m. because we have had a number of basic classes. These core courses were often unrelated and disconnected from the core curricula we had due to which many students saw no merit in these courses. As a student of English (Hons), I was not interested in math or science classes, but as part of the FYUP bundle, I had to study for my main subjects in addition to the basic math classes and in computer science at night, ”Nagar said.
She said the basic course completion requirement created barriers for students who did not know the English language. “Students pursuing Hindi (Hons) and Sansskirt (Hons) were forced to study courses in English. It was difficult for them to adapt to the wide range of courses that were often taught in English, ”Nagar said.
Like the 2013 core courses, the compulsory courses introduced in the first year this time include articles on environmental science, ethics and culture, social and emotional learning. Teachers said it was only reconditioned and would not benefit students like it did in 2013.
“Two credit courses from the old FYUP mind-body-heart type have been reintroduced as social and emotional learning and entrepreneurship and extracurricular activities. DU has had such a disastrous experience with such types of classes and clearly has not learned from past experiences, ”said a note from 16 teachers who expressed dissent at the academic council meeting that passed FYUP on Tuesday. .
Parul Oberoi, who studied journalism at Delhi University, said FYUP was an “unnecessary intervention” which created obstacles for a number of students. Oberoi said that while the idea of FYUP was to provide education on par with the overall structure of education, the implementation of the program did not serve the purpose. “We were taught classes that weren’t relevant to us. They didn’t add any value to our core focus, ”Oberoi said.
Chhavi Mangleek, another student from the FYUP 2013 batch, recalled that the emphasis on core classes was unnecessary. “No one wants to spend time on lessons that will not benefit them. It was long, hectic and unnecessary. We had classes until late at night and classes on business, entrepreneurship, mathematics among others, although my classes are journalism, ”said Mangleek.